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Well, I Sure Am Mollified: Clinton "considers" giving up some powers

Woody--Tokin Librul's picture

Alls i can say is this makes all the difference in the world to me. I feel much better now...Here's the whole story, 19 minutes off the Yahoo News Wire:

NEW YORK - If elected president in 2008, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton would consider giving up some of the executive powers President Bush and Vice President Cheney have assumed since taking office.

In an interview published Tuesday in Guardian America, a Web site run by the London-based Guardian newspaper, Clinton denounced the Bush Administration's push to concentrate more power in the White House as a "power grab" not supported by the Constitution.

Asked if she would consider giving up some of those powers if she were president, Clinton replied, "Oh, absolutely ... I mean, that has to be part of the review that I undertake when I get to the White House, and I intend to do that."

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Bush and Cheney have taken several steps to expand presidential authority and diminish the role of Congress and the federal judiciary. Among other things, they have pushed for warrantless wiretapping of terrorist suspects and the use of "signing statements" to justify ignoring or defying laws enacted by Congress.

In the interview, Clinton noted that other presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, had taken on new presidential powers but had gone back to Congress later to ratify their actions.

Bush and Cheney had taken a different course, she said.

"There were a lot of actions which they took that were clearly beyond any power the Congress would have granted, or that in my view was inherent in the Constitution," Clinton said. "There were other actions they've taken which could have obtained Congressional authorization but they deliberately chose not to pursue it as a matter of principle."

The astute reader will have noted that any details of (alleged) Bushista over-reach were supplied by the writer for Yahoo, not Mrs. C.

Hardly the ringing repudiation of the exercise of fascist tactics that one might have expected from a putatively "Democratic" Senator/Candidate. What's she gonna do? Give back 'habeas corpus' mebbe, but keep the wire taps and signing statements.

Chingado, Lady! You won't be Queen, any more than the fatuous, feculent, fucking Chimp is King.

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Submitted by lambert on

Nice catch, Woody.

Honestly, who could be fooled by this?

The bright spot, however, is that she's not the driver here; she's responding to Dodd. More like this, please. First chink in the armor.

NOTE Tinkered with your headline, there, Woody, and added some SEO-friendly keywords...

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Submitted by lambert on

... and gotta get those hits. No point writing, if one is not read.

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She said she "might" give up some of Cheney's twisted extra-presidential powers. And I "might" be typing this from a Concorde brought out of retirement to transport me in style to an assignation with Salma Hayek on an undisclosed Pacific island.

Submitted by lambert on

... Well, we know what the monkey's might do.

Unfortunately.

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan